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Damon praises Snowden for NSA leaks
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Posted on 08/26/2013 10:18:14 AM PDT by Sub-Driver

Damon praises Snowden for NSA leaks By Rebecca Shabad - 08/26/13 11:46 AM ET

Actor Matt Damon is praising National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's decision to expose classified domestic surveillance programs as "a great thing" for the country.

“I think it’s a great thing he did," Damon, who has portrayed CIA agents in the "Bourne" movie trilogy and "The Good Shepherd," said in an interview posted on YouTube on Aug. 22.

The Hollywood actor said he hadn’t read everything that Snowden has leaked, but called him a “conscientious guy.”

“If we're going to trade our civil liberties for our security, then that should be a decision that we collectively make," Damon added. “It shouldn’t be made for us.”

Husam “Sam” Asi, the interviewer in the brief one-minute clip, is CEO of film and music website UKScreen and host of BBC Arabic TV show “Alternative Cinema.” The full interview with Damon was broadcast on his show on Saturday.

Damon recently waded into the political conversation in early August when he said in an interview with BET, “[Obama] broke up with me.” He said he questioned the legality of the Obama administration’s drone strikes, and the NSA’s surveillance programs that Snowden revealed.

“[Obama’s] got some explaining to do, particularly for a constitutional law professor,” he said in the Aug. 7 interview.

Damon was a strong supporter of Obama during his presidential campaigns.

In the YouTube interview, Damon asks, “To what degree are we willing to sacrifice those liberties for our security?”

“That’s something everyone needs to talk about,” he said. “It’s not something that should be just done."

As of Aug. 26, the short clip had more than 10,000 views.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: nsa; snowden
Someone give him a one way ticket to North Korea......
1 posted on 08/26/2013 10:18:14 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Thank God Matt Damon has weighed in! I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for his wisdom to come down the Hollywood Hills!


2 posted on 08/26/2013 10:19:36 AM PDT by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Sub-Driver

FYI

http://therightscoop.com/benghazi-attorney-at-least-two-major-networks-fully-engaged-on-benghazi-nsa-just-tip-of-the-iceberg/


3 posted on 08/26/2013 10:22:18 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: JennysCool

He must have a movie coming out and needs Conservatives to spend their money to go see it.


4 posted on 08/26/2013 10:22:39 AM PDT by funfan
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To: Sub-Driver

All three of his brain cells must have been firing for him to emit an utterance that coherent.


5 posted on 08/26/2013 10:24:02 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: Sub-Driver

6 posted on 08/26/2013 10:25:24 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Sub-Driver

what a self important ass

he must be insufferable to live with

me thinks he likes meat flute...married or not


7 posted on 08/26/2013 10:27:28 AM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: Sub-Driver

as much as I criticized this guy over the past few years, it’s good to finally see some signs of the Obama kool-aide finally starting to wear off.


8 posted on 08/26/2013 10:28:54 AM PDT by rwoodward ("god, guns and more ammo")
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To: Sub-Driver

“If we’re going to trade our civil liberties for our security, then that should be a decision that we collectively make.”

Like with guns, Matt?


9 posted on 08/26/2013 10:28:59 AM PDT by DPMD
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To: Sub-Driver

The NSA gets to record ever single digital thing we do and store it for ever, flipping the finger to the 4th amendment and everything this country was built on. This is Hillary Filegate to the 9th power. Remember THAT? She had paper FBI files on a few hundred in government and everyone KNEW that could be used for blackmail and control. Now they have everything written, by everybody, right at their finger tips.

And the choices for a patriot, is to dutifully keep it all secret from the American people, or to move to North Korea?

Interesting take. Damon has been drastically wrong in the past, but on this he’s right.


11 posted on 08/26/2013 10:32:45 AM PDT by DesertRhino (I was standing with a rifle, waiting for soviet paratroopers, but communists just ran for office.)
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To: Sub-Driver

12 posted on 08/26/2013 10:34:04 AM PDT by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: Sub-Driver
Surprisng that a guy so throughly committed to having government control every aspect of our lives would even care about liberty.

I’m not sure how I feel about Snowden, but I know that Damon is one of the biggest traitors and hypocrites to ever utter sewage out of his mouth.

13 posted on 08/26/2013 10:39:48 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: JennysCool
* Thank God Matt Damon has weighed in! I’ve been on pins and needles waiting for his wisdom to come down the Hollywood Hills! *

If you could have 100 Matt Damons weighing in, you’d have someone with an IQ of about 80.

14 posted on 08/26/2013 10:40:54 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Sub-Driver

Damon is as dumb as they come.

A statement from a cartoon character or a puppet without a hand in it carries about as much weight as a comment from Damon.


15 posted on 08/26/2013 10:42:48 AM PDT by PATRIOT1876
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To: Sub-Driver

16 posted on 08/26/2013 10:47:22 AM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Sub-Driver

Even a broken clock is right twice a day....


17 posted on 08/26/2013 10:47:29 AM PDT by Yossarian
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To: JennysCool

Damn, and I clicked this cause I really wanted to know what Johnny Damon thought...


18 posted on 08/26/2013 10:54:08 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Yossarian

Yes, broken clock. He usually makes me want to barf when he speaks, but this time I agree.

Benjamin Franklin “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”


19 posted on 08/26/2013 10:56:21 AM PDT by faucetman ( Just the facts, ma'am, Just the facts)
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To: Sub-Driver

You think it’s conservative or constitutional for the feds to be spying on US citizens? Snowden’s no traitor. His actions got the discussion going.


20 posted on 08/26/2013 10:58:14 AM PDT by grania
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To: grania

Other countries already knew what the US was doing, Snowden just informed the US public. That wasn’t according to the plan. I’m starting to suspect other things that have been kept from us will come to light in a few years.


21 posted on 08/26/2013 11:26:52 AM PDT by Sawdring
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To: grania

I’m with you.


22 posted on 08/26/2013 11:27:16 AM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Sub-Driver
“If we're going to trade our civil liberties for our security, then that should be a decision that we collectively make," Damon added. “It shouldn’t be made for us.”

Does this mean he is pro-self-defense and pro-firearms?

23 posted on 08/26/2013 11:42:13 AM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos...)
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To: Sub-Driver
The talented Miss Ripley Matt Damon photo: Matt Damon 252.jpg I know all there is to know about the crying game I've had my share of the crying game First there are kisses, then there ... nyuk nyuk nyuk
24 posted on 08/26/2013 12:16:35 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hey if Matt Damon were on that plane, 9-11 wouldn’t have happened.


25 posted on 08/26/2013 12:49:59 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Sawdring
I’m starting to suspect other things that have been kept from us will come to light in a few years.

If you aren't old enough to remember the Church Commission, go look it up. Eventually I suspect that is what lies in our future.


26 posted on 08/26/2013 12:57:23 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: longfellow

If your thinking of what I’m thinking of, it was Wahlberg who said 911 wouldn’t have happened if he was on one of those planes.


27 posted on 08/26/2013 2:30:51 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sawdring

I thought it was Damon after his bourne movies? I will google it. Either way he is an A-Hole.


28 posted on 08/26/2013 3:22:22 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: Sawdring

you were right it was Wahlberg, i didn’t think he was that stupid.


29 posted on 08/26/2013 3:25:29 PM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: longfellow

They are both from Boston, what did you expect?


30 posted on 08/26/2013 3:28:26 PM PDT by Sawdring
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To: Sub-Driver

Can’t stand Matt Damon but even a blind hog stumbles upon an acorn every once in a while!!!


31 posted on 08/26/2013 3:46:27 PM PDT by ontap (***)
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